A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
To do well in this game, you have to plan ahead, consider your options, decide when to trust your troops and when to take matters into your own hands, while also maintaining and upgrading your equipment.
Positive Role Models
As the commander, you have to tell people what to do, even if it means they could die in the process.
Ease of Play
While this game mixes strategy and action, it's both a simple strategy and a simple action game. It also has three difficulty options: "Casual," "Norma," and "Hard."
Violence & Scariness
The game tasks players with using various guns to kill enemies, but since those targets are toys, and the perspective is often an aerial one, there's no blood or gore.
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Products & Purchases
The game is a remake of a game from 2010, which inspired several sequels.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Toy Soldiers HD is a downloadable strategic action game for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. Players have to stop enemy soldiers from invading their base. This is done by setting up turrets and other armaments that will target incoming soldiers automatically, though players can take control of any and all of these weapons at any time. But while the game has you using machine guns, mortars, sniper rifles, and other guns to kill enemy soldiers, the soldiers you're killing are toys, not real people, so there's no blood or gore. The violence is also lessened by the fact that, when not in control of a specific firearm, the game has an aerial perspective, which cuts the graphic approach found in many shooters. This is a remake of a game from 2010, and includes all of the additional content that was available separately in the previous version.
Is It Any Good?
While this could've been a simple action strategy game, the wonky controls will annoy armchair generals. A remake of a game from 2010, Toy Soldiers HD, like the original, has you fighting famous battles from World War I by picking what kind of guns to place in specific spots to prevent enemy soldiers from navigating a linear path to your base. Along with deciding whether to build machine guns, mortars, or other kind of stationary weapons, you also have to make sure they're well maintained, upgrade them when you have enough money (don't worry, you earn cash with every enemy kill), or even swap one kind of gun for another when you realize you've made a mistake. You even get to call in foot soldiers or take over for the sniper up in a tower. More importantly, while your soldiers will automatically fight when left to their own devices, you can, at any time, take control of any gun and do the shooting for yourself. And while this doesn't make for an in-depth or realistic strategy war game, it does make for a fun if simplistic one...
...or rather, it would if the game's wonky controls didn't make this so annoying. Whether you're trying look around, use the machine gun or sniper rifle, or just accurately aim the mortar, the controls are just off enough that you'll probably miss the first time (not a good thing when using a gun that takes a moment to reload). Fortunately, your soldiers are pretty good shots, and will usually win when left to their own devices. As for this remake, not only have the visuals been updated, but this also includes the expansions they added to the original, which adds some new mini-campaigns as well as new multiplayer maps. Though why the broken control scheme wasn't addressed is odd. Because it's that aspect of this game -- whether you play the single-player campaigns or the online multiplayer modes -- that make Toy Solders HD as frustrating and awkward as, well, aiming a mortar in real life.
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